Mozambique: UN human rights expert decries discrimination against AIDS patients

A United Nations human rights expert today hailed Mozambique's efforts to protect the health of its citizens but cautioned that policies must be translated into action in the southern African nation, where 13 per cent of all adults have HIV.

Annan urges Commonwealth to give special attention to fighting HIV/AIDS

Given that HIV/AIDS is claiming many more lives in Africa than conflicts are, the Commonwealth should give special emphasis to fighting the pandemic at its current summit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Seven corporations will use facilities for HIV/AIDS education by communities – UN

Seven global corporations operating in developing countries said they will use their staff and facilities to expand HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes into the communities where they do business, cooperating with efforts by the United Nations and the local public.

On World AIDS Day, Annan urges harder work as goals fall behind schedule

With 10 new HIV/AIDS infections occurring every minute, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that action is still far short of what is needed and that at the current rate of progress none of the goals set by the General Assembly’s 2001 session on the pandemic will be reached by the target date of 2005.

UN agencies launch programme to treat 3 million HIV-infected people by 2005

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN's umbrella AIDS-fighting agency, UNAIDS, today unveiled a detailed plan, the 3x5 initiative, to train tens of thousands of community workers in developing and transition countries to provide anti-retroviral treatment to 3 million HIV-infected people by 2005.

UN programmes threatened by spread of HIV/AIDS, senior UN officials say

Senior officials of the United Nations system, preparing for World AIDS Day on Monday, today warned that the continuing spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its high cost in social and financial resources are threatening the viability of UN programmes to help poor countries.

HIV/AIDS deaths and new infections highest in 2003, says UNAIDS

In 2003 the HIV/AIDS pandemic took the highest number of lives and produced the highest number of new infections since surveillance of the disease started, according to a new global report from the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

UN Children's Fund names HIV-positive muppet 'children's champion'

The United Nations Children's Fun (UNICEF) today formally appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears regularly on the South African co-production of Sesame Street - Takalani Sesame - as a global "Champion for Children."

Peacekeeping forces must become leaders in fight against HIV/AIDS, UN says

In the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the United Nations is working to ensure that uniformed and civilian peacekeeping personnel become leaders in suppressing the pandemic, senior UN officials told the Security Council today.

China: UN official urges help to remove stigma from those with HIV/AIDS

The stigma carried by people infected with HIV/AIDS must be removed if countries are to make progress in combating the disease, the head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in Beijing, China.